High in the rafters at the Prudential Center in Newark hangs the retired 27 jersey of Scott Niedermayer, among the most slick-skating defensemen in the history of the National Hockey League.
As if it was in homage to several end-to-end rushes that punctuated the soon-to-be Hall of Famer's career, Drew Doughty won a puck battle deep in his own end, outskated several indifferent New Jersey Devils before gaining entry to the zone and unleashed a crisp wristshot that banked off the inside of the far post and past Martin Brodeur to put the Los Angeles Kings up 1-0 in the first period Saturday night. The Kings eventually prevailed 2-1 on Jeff Carter's creative overtime wristshot.
"I actually remember Niedermayer, when he played in New Jersey, having a couple of end-to-enders," Doughty recalled. "He was an unbelievable player here and everywhere he played, and I always wanted to emulate him, and he scored some highlight-reel goals I'll always remember."
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